A new videoconferencing company out of Hackensack, N.J. is making waves with its low-priced, high-quality service, and now
is targeting Canadian customers and resellers. One technology analyst figures the industry’s current big-name video system providers should be concerned.
Since its inception in 2005, Vidyo has been amassing customers south of the border and around the world with its VidyoConferencing platform. The company claims to leverage a new video standard that enables its product to present jitter-free voice and video communication over the dodgiest of broadband connections.
Vidyo developed what it calls an Adaptive Video Layering Architecture. Based on the H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) standard, the technology continuously monitors the performance of the network and the end points, and adapts the video stream accordingly. If the network is performing poorly or the computer or smartphone that the videoconference participant is using is overloaded, Vidyo’s technology changes the picture resolution and frame rate to reduce latency, affording smooth connectivity. As long as you have at least a 250 kbps link, you’ll receive a high-quality connection, according to Greg Thener, VP of sales – Canada, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand.
“Our technology dynamically checks the health of the device and the network, and adapt appropriately,” he said.
The company’s product portfolio includes the VidyoRouter, which coordinates video routing for users, the VidyoPortal – a web-based application enabling central configuration of the VidyoConferencing system – VidyoPanorama, a fully fledged telepresence system that connects up to nine screens at once (and the next release later this year will support 20 screens), and VidyoRoom, a system for conferencing rooms. The VidyoDesktop software lets you use any Mac or PC as an on-demand videoconferencing end point; VidyoMobile does the same for mobile devices such as smartphones.